Graduate Student Course Load

Load for a full-time graduate student is 9 semester hours in the fall or spring semester. Summer loads are determined by the length of the summer session in which the student is enrolled. Note: These loads refer to registration status; see Enrollment Status Descriptions for Financial Aid requirements.

Semester Credit Hours 16 Week (Fall/Spring) 10 Week (Summer) 8 Week Session 5 Week Session
Max Load 16 hours 12 hours 9 hours 6 hours
Full Load 9 hours 6 hours 5 hours 3 hours

Enrollment Status Descriptions for Financial Aid: For financial aid purposes, enrollment requirements are the same for every semester (Fall, Spring, and Summer). Graduate students must be enrolled in at least 9 graduate-level credit hours to be considered full-time, 7 to 8 graduate-level credit hours to be considered three-fourths time, and 5 to 6 graduate-level credit hours to be considered half-time.

Note: Loads in excess of the maximum require approval from the Director of Graduate Studies.